How To Camp Like A Pro In the Fall
From clothing choices to snack options, smart packing will allow campers to make the most of their time away.
When camping in the fall, there are some choices and considerations that can make the trip more comfortable and safer.
- Think layers. When evenings can be cool and days can still reach high temps, be prepared for any weather. It’s better to wear a sweatshirt on a hike that ends up in your backpack then not to bring one at all — when the temperature drops, you’re stuck.
- Fabric matters. Fall can be damp and muddy, and outdoor activities also make us sweat. Cotton fabrics will feel chilly and take a long time to dry, so choose moisture-wicking natural fibers such as merino wool or synthetics such as fleece, polyester and nylon.
- Sleep in a hat. While it’s always a good idea to bring a knit cap in the fall, it’s actually most important to wear it while you sleep. It’s a great way to retain body heat during chilly nights.
- Bring good shoes. Crocs and Tevas may be perfect for summer camping — they transition from creek-walking to dinner wear with ease. When temperatures drop, though, cold and wet feet are a recipe for disaster (and blisters). Invest in a good pair of waterproof hiking boots and pack extra socks.
- Be visible. While most recreation areas are well-marked with designated hunting areas, fall is still deer season in the tri-state area. Choose bright orange or red clothing for hikes in the woods. Wearing 250 square inches of blaze orange is the official recommendation, which is about the size of a vest.
- Snack. When temps drop, it’s important to keep fueling your body with high-fat and high-protein items, especially if you’re in a tent and your body will be working harder to stay warm all night. Prepackaged nuts, cheese and protein bars are easy to shove in a bag for hikes or outings.